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nissan leaf to powerhouse hold items. alex shabad shows you how it works. also though don't try this at home. >> reporter: the leaf is the only reason he still has food in his fridge. >> when the storm hit, the car had been fully charged and was ready to go. >> reporter: shelby a member of the electric vehicle association showed me how to powerhouse hold items with the car's electric energy. it starts with a smaller battery inside the hood. >> this 12-volt battery is connected to the inverter here. >> reporter: the makes it possible for other items to use the electricity. >> so this converts it into the type of energy that regular household items can use. convert, correct, which is alternating current ac out of every standard outlet in the house. >> reporter: then a simple extension cord finishes off the rest. >> this cord is wired through -- through the house to the kitchen here. this is the extension cord coming from the inverter which is connected to the car. the nissan leaf. and the refrigerator is plugged into the cord through a meter. now the refrigerator is on. receiving
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